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Some lessons for Trump if he wants to work with Muslim nations

Some lessons for Trump if he wants to work with Muslim nations

U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasized that a central focus of his administration will be to wipe the so-called Islamic State “from the face of the Earth.” Key presidential advisers like Steve Bannon have spoken of Islam as the enemy of the United States and the West. And now Trump has signed a second Muslim-focused travel ban involving six nations …

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Pakistan’s Afghanistan matters

Pakistan's Afghanistan matters

I have seen several posts here about Afghanistan, which inevitably involve Pakistan’s involvement in Afghanistan. So I thought that I would shed light on Pakistan’s core interests/concerns in Afghanistan. Perhaps, it will give people an understanding of Pakistan’s motivations and goals in the country. There are other interests besides these, but in my opinion these form the most important ones. …

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Trump targets Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim countries for US visa

US President Donald Trump has indicated that both Pakistan and Afghanistan will be among the countries whose citizens will have to go through an “extreme vetting” process before entering the United States. In an interview to ABC News, Mr Trump also said he was going to sign an order placing a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the …

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Pakistan – India circular foreign policy

The ‘surgical strikes’ and talk of covert support to Balochistan activists has [further] alarmed the establishment and helped in building public opinion that India is destabilising Pakistan. This is an unfortunate reality of a circular India-Pakistan relationship. Hardline towards Pakistan is cheered in India and it bolsters the establishment’s narrative in Pakistan. I see no immediate chance of normalisation let …

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Trump’s love for victory and US General’ s recent failures

President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: “We have some great generals. We have great generals.” Lesley Stahl: “You said you knew more than the generals about ISIS.” Trump: “Well, I’ll be honest with you, I probably do because look at …

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USA cannot escape stigma of “terror supporters”

On 10 August 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused president Barak Hussein Obama and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of co-founding the jihadist rebel organization ISIS (Islamic State) operating mainly in Syria and Iraq but with operative in many Middle Eastern countries and around the world. Trump used Obama’s full name to provoke a racist-xenophobic response from the public …

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CPEC’s short and long term impact

CPEC's short and long term impact

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s well-publicised two-day (April 20-21, 2015) visit to Pakistan and with a value estimated by Pakistanis at US$ 46 billion, is a bold geo-economic initiative which alters the strategic environment in the region. It is the first step towards implementing the recommendation of Chinese strategists that “China should begin to …

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US not hopeful of Afghan peace

The US killing of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour marks a significant shift for President Barack Obama, highlighting a new willingness to target the group’s leaders in Pakistan and risk retaliatory attacks against struggling Afghan security forces. The move also shows that Obama has — at least for now — abandoned hopes of bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table …

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Political crisis in Iraq getting worse due to weak oil prices

Iraq is exporting around 3.3 million barrels of oil a day from Basrah in the south and around 500,000 barrels from the Kurdish region through Turkey. However, despite the record levels of export and production, the country’s finances are in a worse shape than a few years ago when production was around 30 percent less. Low oil prices are already having …

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How Pakistanis view extremist groups and war against terror

The bombing that took place on Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, was a devastating reminder that the scourge of terrorism is not confined to the recent headlines from the Middle East and Europe. Pakistan has dealt with multiple extremist insurgencies over the last couple of decades, with a variety of groups operating in the area, including the Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistani …

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